NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at NY Rangers|
(Wednesday, March 21st)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Philadelphia 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brendan Shanahan returned to the lineup after
being sidelined with a concussion since mid-February, and picked up two
assists as the New York Rangers blanked the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-0, at
Madison Square Garden.
With the return of Shanahan, the Rangers got a tremendous boost for their
playoff run as he has missed the last 15 games for New York. On February 18,
Shanahan and Philadelphia's Mike Knuble were involved in a vicious collision
in which both players were left with major injuries. Shanahan was removed from
the ice immobilized on a stretcher.
"They geared up to play us and got a big emotional lift tonight," said Knuble.
"They steam rolled us and took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized
when they could."
Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season while
Sean Avery scored two goals for the Rangers, who have won three straight and
have points in 10 of their last 11 games.
New York remains in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference but the victory
against Philadelphia pulled them to within a point of idle Tampa Bay, which
currently occupies sixth place with 84 points.
Antero Niittymaki got the start between the pipes for Philadelphia and allowed
five goals on 34 shots. The Flyers have now dropped five of their last six
Just 21 seconds into the contest, Todd Fedoruk of the Flyers and Colton Orr
of the Rangers dropped the gloves. With both players huddled close, Orr
managed to get his arms free and dropped Fedoruk to the ice with a quick
right punch. Fedoruk was knocked out and needed to be taken off the ice on a
"It's a tough game, but you don't want to see anybody get hurt like that,"
With the arena quiet after the Fedoruk incident, the Rangers brought the
home crowd to their feet after Petr Prucha tallied his 19th goal of the
campaign 3:40 into the contest. Prucha picked up a loose puck in the
Philadelphia zone and from the slot, ripped a wrister that went through the
legs of a defender and the pads of Niittymaki to make it 1-0.
New York went up 2-0 just 1:26 into the middle session on a power-play goal by
Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers captain gathered the puck in the slot and spun
around, firing a shot that hit of Philadelphia's Denis Gauthier's left leg and
into the net past Niittymaki.
The Rangers used another power-play tally to take a three-goal lead with 12:10
remaining in the second. Avery controlled the puck along the right boards and
skated out to the right circle, unleashing a wrister that sailed into the top
left corner of the net.
Jed Ortmeyer's goal at 10:06 of the final frame made it 4-0 and Avery's second
tally of the contest almost 2 1/2 minutes later accounted for the final
Philadelphia had just two shots on goal in the third period.
Lundqvist now has seven career shutouts...The Rangers have taken five of seven
encounters with Philly this season and eight of the last 12 overall matchups
between the clubs...Matt Cullen, who assisted on Ortmeyer's goal, picked up
his 200th career helper...Fedoruk was taken to a hospital for X-
rays. Excluding short term memory loss, everything else checked out all right
and he will remain in the hospital overnight for
observation...Philadelphia center Mike Richards missed the game with a
shoulder injury suffered Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
03/21 23:58:53 ET